Bobby’s Whole Grain Apple Cranberry Stuffing

 

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A holiday dish many of us can’t go without is stuffing of course! The good news about this appetizing favorite is there are many ways you can enjoy it that are healthier such as this recipe from foodnetwork.com that uses whole grains, apples and cranberries. Do you add any other fruits or vegetables to your stuffing?

Ingredients:

  • Nonstick cooking spray, for greasing
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth, hot
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped celery (about 7 ribs)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and finely chopped
  • 6 cups day-old whole grain baguette, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 large eggs, scrambled
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 dried sage leaf, chopped

Instructions:

1.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 11-inch oval baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

2.Combine the broth and cranberries in a small bowl and let soak for 30 minutes.

  1. Sauté the celery and onions in the butter in a large skillet until tender, 5 minutes. Add the apples and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Place the baguette cubes into a large bowl. Pour the broth and cranberries over. Pour in the eggs, and then add the salt, poultry seasoning, pepper, cinnamon and sage and mix together.
  3. Mix in the onion and celery mixture. Spoon the stuffing into the prepared dish and bake until the center is set, 35 to 40 minutes.

Nutritional Information:

(Per Serving)

  • Sugar 17 grams
  • Protein 8 grams
  • Dietary Fiber 4 grams
  • Carbohydrates 38 grams
  • Sodium 528 milligrams
  • Cholesterol 77 milligrams
  • Saturated Fat 2.5 grams
  • Total Fat 6 grams
  • Calories 244 calories

Sweet Potato Pecan Casserole

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You can enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal without getting off track. Foodnetwork.com has many tasty recipes you’ll love that will leave you satisfied but without the overindulgence. Take a look at this enticing Sweet-Potato Pecan Casserole that cuts the butter and fat by using eggs instead.

Sweet Potato Pecan Casserole

Ingredients:

  • Cooking spray
  • 3 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 5 medium), peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped pecans

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mist an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Bring a few inches of water to a boil in a pot with a large steamer basket in place. Put the sweet potatoes in the basket, cover and steam until tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
  3. Transfer the potatoes to a bowl and let cool slightly. Add the honey, egg, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, the nutmeg, ginger and 1/2 teaspoon salt; whip with an electric mixer until smooth. Spread the sweet potato mixture in the prepared baking dish.
  4. Mix the brown sugar, pecans and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a bowl; sprinkle over the potatoes. Bake until hot and beginning to brown around the edges, 40 to 45 minutes.

Nutritional Information:

  • Protein 3 grams
  • Dietary Fiber 3 grams
  • Carbohydrates 31 grams
  • Sodium 180 milligrams
  • Cholesterol 25 milligrams
  • Saturated Fat 1 grams
  • Total Fat 4 grams
  • Calories 160

Strawberries with Chocolate Protein Dipping Sauce

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If you’re headed to a 4th of July get together, take advantage of the opportunity to take a light and delicious dish you know you can eat without blowing all of your calories. Self.com had an outstanding article with 10 make-ahead side dishes. Consider this strawberry with chocolate protein dipping sauce featured in their article from amyshealthybaking.com. It’s only 110 calories per serving and you can change up the fruit if you would like!

(Makes 2 servings)

Ingredients:

1 cup (240g) Organics plain nonfat Greek yogurt

1 ½ tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1 ½ tsp powdered stevia

1 ½ cups (210g) fresh strawberries

Instructions:

  1. Add the Greek yogurt, cocoa powder, and stevia to a small bowl. Stir until smooth. Serve with the fresh strawberries.

Don’t Let the Busy Holiday Season Be an Excuse for Not Staying Fit

The holiday season is upon us and more often than not it can disrupt our normal workout routines. Thanks to this article on womenshealthmag.com, we can learn how to help keep up our routines with some modifications when we don’t have access to our usual equipment, locations, etc. Read the full article here!